Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, February 4, 2000
Relay for Life group plans meeting
Relay for Life Rally participants will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb.
10, at the Texas-New Mexico Power Company Ready Room.
The group will have team registration, sponsorship information, luminaria
and survivor lap information and volunteer opportunities will be available.
If you are unable to attend, send a representative from your group.
Study club visits national historic site
The Modern Study Club enjoyed a field trip to the Ft. Davis National Historic
Site recently, for an Americanism Department program. Margie Williamson
serves as department chairman.
The thought-quote for the meeting was, " Echoing with sunds of a re-created
daily parade ceremony, a frontier outpost revives its stalwart past." Reader's
Digest America's Historic Places.
Club members did their final carpooling at the rural home of Mary and
John Barfield before continuing to Fort Davis. Mrs. Barfield served as
co-ordinator for the field trip.
Upon their arrival at the visitor center club members were greeted by
Donna Smith and Mark Howard, park rangers, who assisted the group. Ms.
Smith is a longtime veteran at Fort Davis while Howard is only newly arrived
from the park of the Little Big Horn Battlefield in Montana. Also assisting
was John Ott of Iowa, a park volunteer for several months each year.
Mr. Ott presented a narrative concerning the equipment and lifestyle
of soldiers living in the barracks. Club members were allowed in the barracks
for a very close look at the rugged way the men lived, which was a special
privilege for that tour. The furnished barrack is usually closed with only
A video narrated by Kareen Abdul Jabaar concerning the Fort's History
was viewed by club members prior to their tour of the furnished officers
homes, the hospital, a refurbished kitchen and other structures on the
The Fort Davis National Historic Site, Texas was a key post in the defense
system of West Texas and played a major role in the history of the southwestern
Today, the remnants of Fort Davis are extensive and impressive than
those of any other southwestern fort. From 1867 to 1885 black troops from
Fort Davis patrolled the southwest Texas frontier. Black regiments, like
the 9th and 10th Calvary and the 24th
and 25th Infantry, participated in the Indian Wars of the 19th
century. Together these units compiled a notable record of military accomplishment
against the Comanches and Apaches. The Indians called those of African
descent, "Buffalo Soldiers."
Following the tour members enjoyed lunch at the Drug Store in Ft. Davis
and returned to the home of Mary Barfield for the business meeting.
President Lena Harpham conducted the business meeting. The Club Collect
was led by Margie Williamson and the Pledges to the United States of America
Flag and the Texas Flag were led by Lena Harpham, as members repeated all
The minutes of the Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and Dec. 11 meetings were read by
Bobbi Lang, secretary and approved as read. Mrs. Lang also presented the
treasurer report in the absence of the treasurer.
A letter was received from Peggy Kelton, of McCamey President-Elect
of Western District of TFWC reminding club members of the need for funds
to help purchase a gift for outgoing WD President Frances Dunn of Odessa.
The club voted to send a $20 contribution.
Margie Williamson presented a transcript of Nancy Quesada's grades for
the first semester at Kansas State University. Nancy was the 1999 recipient
of the Pecos High School Senior Scholarship presented by The Modern Study
Club Scholarship and also the Alma Van Sickle Scholarship presented by
the Western District of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs.
Doris Moorman reported that books for the New Born Baby Packets at the
Reeves County Hospital have been ordered but have not been received at
Federation Chairman Nan Cate reported about the article in the GFWC
Clubwoman on Guatemala. A group traveled to see what Federated Women were
doing in Guatemala?
Roll call was answered by naming another Fort.
Hostesses Mary Barfield and Laura Teal served banana nut bread, cinnamon
bread and iced tea to Nan Cate, Lena Harpham, Bobbi Lang, Doris Moorman,
Joyce Morton, Iris Reddick, Etta Sullivan, Catherine Travland and Margie
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